Friday, October 27, 2017
First Medallion Quilt Top Finished
For a first medallion I think this quilt top is passable. Not perfect by any means, but good enough. (The photograph makes it look crooked.) I think it could have had more interesting second and third borders but I think these work. If/when I make another medallion quilt I'll consider the width of the borders more carefully and, perhaps, plan the sizes if there will be any borders with pieced blocks.
I was eager to photograph this top while we had some sun on Thursday. But where to photograph? The shade trees around our house cast strong shadows when their limbs and branches are leafless. I finally hit upon the idea of hanging it against a brick wall in our breezeway. I pulled a long, narrow strip of wood from the garage and tacked the quilt to it, then hung it on the wall balanced on one nail (with the help of my husband holding it steady). Then I stepped back to take a photo. Voilà! Oops, I'd hung the quilt sideways. If you look closely you can see in the photo above that the hanging bar is on the side.
Despite how it looks in both photos, the quilt top really has square corners and straight edges. It measures 69¾" x 75½", perfect for a nap or as a floor quilt for a baby to play.
Here's another view. All of these photos were taken without a flash, so it's interesting to see the variation in colors because of the natural light.
Last year Lori of Humble Quilts and several other quilters decided to make Gwen Marston-inspired medallion quilts and invited anyone who wanted to sew along. The center was to be a basket of flowers. Since I'd already stitched the basket of flowers with no next step in mind, I decided to participate. The others have long ago finished their quilts but I was slow to decide on the last border. But here it is now.
I'm just about finished with my current quilt in the hoop. Maybe this will be the next to be layered and quilted -- if I can come up with or piece a backing that goes with the front.
Finishing this was my One Monthly Goal for October so I'm linking this post to the October Finish Link-Up at Elm Street Quilts.
I'm linking this post to
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts
> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
> Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday (TGIFF) at Anja Quilts
Thanks for hosting, ladies.